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Freigeist Geisterzug Gose - Braustelle

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 226
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 19.79%
Wants: 10
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Gose |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 03-11-2013

Based on a recipe dating back at least six hundred years, this is Freigeist’s quirky version of the nearly-extinct traditional sour beer of Leipzig. “Geisterzug” (“Ghost Train”) spruced gose is unusually complex, funky, and full-bodied, the perfect modern-day medieval German ale.
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Reviews: 51 | Hads: 226
Photo of chinchill
3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Shared bottle at the RBWG-2015.
Hazy unappealing yellow color with a decent head.
Odd floral - tart funky aroma. Add is common with sours the flavor is much more appealing.
Moderately tart.

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Photo of Tone
3.29/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy, gold color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of a hint of pine, wheat, sweet malt, pale malt, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Gose. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pine, wheat, slight yeast, and pale malt. Overall, disappointing beer. The tartness is missing, the complexity is lacking, and the pine is too subtle.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light gold in color with moderate haziness. A trace of dark white covers a third of the rim of the glass. Aroma is of wheat and sea salt. The taste is light wheat and a trace of sea salt. The sourness note makes it's presence known a bit more as the beer warms. The body is honestly a touch flat and watery. Had Anderson Valley the Kimee, The Yink, and the Holy Gose and that was much more vibrant and flavorful.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%

Ready for a refreshing one? Sure. Here's a half-liter of gose. On to the beer:

Like a sandy blonde color and topped with a half-inch of creamy head before dropping to a thin lace. The aroma offers a small twist to the usual gose. In addition to a kiss of salt and tart, there's a note of spruce as well which gives the aroma additional depth.

The fist split second is a bitter and sour combination, wich thankfully is relieved to something that's a little more interesting. There a tasteless acidic note which doesn't know which direction to go. A touch of salt and a surprisingly very bready base. With a perfumy spruce in the background, I don't know if I love this gose or hate it. I do like that breadiness though, and it brings a note of honey blossoms too, plus the aftertaste it leaves is more than pleasant.

It's refreshing in a weird way, but it's not like a kolsch or helles lager on a hot day. Different, to say the least.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly, PA

By now, I've had several goses, but this may be the first one I've had that is actually German. Served in a Ommegang chalice, this was one attractive beer, cloudy, pale yellow, with a small but thick layer of white head, that retained until the end, and left some streaks of lacing on the glass when swirled. Aroma was a bit muted, notes of toasted wheat and light citrus. Taste of salted sourdough bread, lemon pith, slightly lactic. Probably wouldn't have stood up great on its own, but paired with some authentic kartoffelpuffer, it was drinking just fine. Smooth mouthfeel, light-medium body, soft carbonation, quite good overall.

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Photo of baakabak
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy straw yellow with the thinnest sliver of white head.

Scent is hay,lemons,wheat,ocean brine and funk.

Taste is...interesting. The initial hit is a bit on the dryer sheet side but turns to salty wheat,coriander and sour lemons .Tart finish but not overly.

Light carbonation.Thin in the mouth.

Overall the spruce flavor is not at all what I expected and almost seems to hold back this beer from being great.For $5 I can't complain.

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Photo of emerge077
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Opaque pale orange, seems to glow a little in the light. Sturdy layer of white foam on the surface, and a thin skim remains. Random bits of lace stay in the glass.

Smell is pretty nondescript at first, softly wheaty, mild yeast. Plain and simple.

Smooth feel, lightly astringent though I wouldn't really call it tart. Very mild coriander, supple wheat, light apple ester from the yeast. Creamy and light bodied. Light papery oxidation note, not too distracting. This seems very traditional, simple but easy to drink. Not especially tart or salty though, and not picking up much if any spruce in this bottle.

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Photo of rudzud
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a nice hazy straw hue with a good one finger head that fades fairly quickly leaving a thin blanket.

S - Aroma is a bit faint. Mostly earthy grain with some like citrus notes, pine, and spices.

T - Taste is more of the same. Was told there was spruce in this..where is it?! Some light cloves notes, tart wheat...thats about it.

M - Fairly low carbonation, though it does have a nice dry finish.

O - Overall, let down by this one was expecting more pine or spruce...mostly just sour wheat.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a real oddity here, a spruced gose. possible the lightest colored and flavored beer ever. it pours almost perfectly clear, lighter than a Berliner, with a couple inches of white head. its so clear I can watch tv through it, unabated. the nose is light as anything, a touch of wheat malt and minerals, not spruce at all. the flavor has a slight lemon kick to it, and is fairly dialed down on the salt content, compared to some other german gose beers ive had he privilege of trying. the wheat malt appears to be cut with water in a 50 percent mix, and I only get a little spruce when I really focus. maybe its a mind game and its not there at all. maybe im tasting what I want to taste. who knows, this beer is so light on flavor its impossible to tell, although I don't dislike it at all. ultra light feel, too much so really, but it is refreshing for the style, since there isn't too much salt in the finish drying me out. carbonation is ample. overall a beer that just didn't have a lot of flavor to it, a stronger or more concentrated version would be welcomed here.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with some lacing but poor retention on a slightly hazy straw colored body.

S: not much to the aroma. mostly grains, pine sol/spruce, sour citrus.

T: not as much spruce as expected from the name or the aroma. a little salty with tart generic citrus and grains.

M: light body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: very bland and simple. I cant get a feel for this genre. I always expect them to be more tart whereas this one is very mild.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy straw yellow - the gose ghost lies within. Scattered lacing.

Subdued smell, difficult to make out. Salty gose nose with the lightest sweet fruit element - maybe watermelon.

Taste is light and refreshing, perfect summer beer. Wheat and lemon. A hard beer to dislike as the flavor is controlled and delicate.

One of the most drinkable beers I've had. Carbonation is light, mouthfeel is light.

Tasty - one of those beers that would be excellent in a 6 pack on a hot summer night.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: light golden hue with a tiny shimmer of haze and very limited effervescence. Head poured a finger of frothy white foam. Not too bad.

Smell: lightly wheaty malt with a dash of nice fruitiness. Not overly sour, but nice.

Taste: a little bit of funk and a dash of sourness as well as a rather sweet malty base. Saltiness is moderate and comes out with subsequent sips. There's maybe a hint of spruce but it definitely doesn't jump out at me. There's something about the sweetness of the malt that's just a little too much for me, but otherwise decent.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a decent creaminess.

Overall: drinkable and refreshing. Kind of a weird malt character and maybe a hint heavy on the salt, but otherwise an interesting gose that is worth a try if you like the style.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle. Served in a Ritterguts Gose glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about a couple inch white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like lemon peel, saltiness, and some bready/wheat malt. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also a bit of fruitiness noticeable. But it's mostly salty with some tartness. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, It's easy to drink and is also well carbonated. I liked this brew, I wouldn't mind trying it again in the future. $5.99 a bottle.

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Photo of GuzzLah
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - pours a cloudy blonde with an ephemeral head. No lace. No bubbles.

S - wheat, lemon, hay, mild leather, mild floral, slightly funky yeast. Pleasant.

T - follows the aroma with a dash of salt. Pretty tasty.

M - light body. Watery texture. Mild citric tartness and slightly salty.

O - a refreshing summer beer. I didn't pick up any notes of spruce, so I will fly to Germany and demand a refund.

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Photo of seand
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a fair amount of fizzy white head. This dissipates to a thin layer fairly quickly, but leaves reasonable lacing.

S: Lots of yeast, sweet grainy wheat, and a bit of salty pine.

T: Sweet grainy wheat, mostly; not really a ton going on. It's pleasant enough though.

M: Medium to light body, medium carbonation.

Overall, not bad, not exceptional. A little odd, and I'm not sure whether or not it's better for it.

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Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a lightly hazy, straw colored body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves little lace.

S - An aroma of coriander, clove, and anise.

T - Lightly tart wheat up front with some coriander in the middle. Finishes with light clove and more tart wheat.

M - Medium thick body, moderately low carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Not bad, it is less tart than I expected and the spruce is also fairly light. Drinkable but I'm not all that excited by it.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at The Independent. Served in a champagne flute.

A: Hazy light gold, two finger's worth of fluffy white head, and medium visible carbonation.

S: Wheat grainy, light tartness, lemon citrus, and a bit husky and funky.

T: Wheat and pilsner malts, mild tartness, a bit of funk, mild lemon citric, and fairly low salinity for style. Finishes with lingering pilsner malts and mild tartness.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation. Essentially no detectable alcohol.

O: This isn't a bad beer, but not a particularly great example of a style that's really starting to catch on. Worth a try, but it wouldn't be a go-to beer for me.

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Very white head. As it settles it leaves a ring of lace with many streaks back to the liquid.

Light sourness to the nose. Some pale malt aroma also.

Sweet and tart by equal proportions. Very smooth beer--seems to have an abundance of wheat. Soft on the palate, but not exactly rich. High level of carbonation. I do not detect any "spruce"

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Photo of spoony
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 500 ml bottle into a pokal glass. Reviewed from notes dated June 12, 2014.

A-A normal pour produces about a finger of white head that fades quickly to a thin cap. The beer is milky with lazy carbonation visible in the light-straw colored liquid. Standard stuff.

S-The aroma is subdued with a bit of toasted wheat malt and a hint of tartness. There is mild lemon aroma and a bit of butter-like body to the malt. Not much in the way of salt or spruce.

T-The taste is a little more complex with some pine/spruce notes floating in and out. There is a bit more tartness and a hint of salt in the background. The malt bill is heavy on the wheat.

M-The body is on the light side and carbonation is smooth and drinkable.

O-This beer is a relatively traditional and simple example of the style. It drinks easy and doesn't blow you away with tartness or salt or whatever. It fits the bill on a hot summer day, but there are better gose beers out there.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, fruit, and some perfume-like aromas. Taste is much the same with a slightly salty flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours a hazy light orange with a medium white head, rocky look, frothy.

S: Notes of salt and sour malt, lactic acid.

T: Definite lactic acid, but with a sweetness I did not expect. Almost a Sprite character to this beer which was intriguing.

M: Light-bodied, crisp, refreshing, soft carbonation.

O: On the sweeter style for a gose, but it's certainly good. This is a style I've found a lot more examples recently, and for that I am quite thankful.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first Gose! Bottle to tulip. Cloudy straw yellow pour with fluffy white head. Aroma of straw, honey, sweet malts, tart banana. Flavor is a pilsner and hefe combo, with clove, banana, citrus, honey flavors. Don’t get a whole lot from the spruce, though I don’t know what the base flavor of the style tastes like. Slight yeast funk and clean finish. High carbonation with light to medium mouthfeel. Not bad and easy to drink.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 500 mL bottle at 49 degrees into a weizen
Aroma of wet grain (faint), slight odor of conifers
Head stabilizes at a large 8 cm (aggressive pour), diminishes to 3 mm white creamy layer
Lacing poor – few small islands of tiny to small bubbles
Body straw, hazy, some effervescence
Flavor very subdued, only slightly sour; saltiness is not noted in the initial pour but becomes more evident in the second half, as does the spruce. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

Like a slightly sour hefeweizen with additions of coriander and salt, Freigeist's gose is an enjoyable, fairly true-to-Leipzig-form version of the style. The body (with some of the yeast added) has an appropriate amount of weight to it that prevents this from feeling watery and too light. The tartness is modest, but noticeable, as is the salt and coriander. Not a spice bomb, which is appropriate. Could be more tart, but the level exhibited here is within the ranges of what's available in Leipzig. In all, a very nice gose, which I'm glad to have tried, but at $5 per bottle, might have second thoughts about getting another. Still, one beer that everyone should try.

Pours a 1cm tall head of small to medium-sized bubbles, leading to a fluffy, cotton-like mass of foam. Retention length is fairly low, about thirty seconds, falling to a thin cap atop the body of the beer. Minimal lacing is left, a few small dots and lines clinging to the sides of the glass. Beer is a pale golden yellow color, quite hazy (60-70% opaque), with light bringing out pale yellow hues. Carbonation not visible through the mostly opaque body.

Aroma features slightly tart malt base with some banana and bubblegum-like esters and hints of coriander, lemon, salt, and yeast.

Overall flavor profile is of a mildly tart wheat and barley malt base with coriander, salt, dried lemon peel, and traces of banana, clove, and yeast. Front of palate experiences pleasant coriander, dried lemon peel, slightly bready wheat and barley malts. Mid-palate of slightly grainy wheat and barley breads, slightly tart, salt, coriander, dried lemon peel, yeast, banana-like esters and mild phenols. Back of palate notes slight tartness, mild saltiness, coriander, lemon peel, with banana-like esters and yeast. Aftertaste of wheat bread and barley malt graininess with modest bitterness and hints of coriander and lemon peel.

Beer is medium-light in body, with medium-low levels of carbonation, resulting in a lightly effervescent mouthfeel that settles in appropriate time to a slightly heavier, smoother, lightly foamy mouthfeel that seems appropriate for the style.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


Appearance - Pale yellow with a bit of haze. White head starts at a couple fingers, drops to a mostly-full cap and leaves bits of lace here and there.

Smell - Sour and salty, wheat, crackers, some citrusy notes (grapefruit, lemon), some bananas and cream. Good strength.

Taste - Taste mostly follows. I do get some spruce in the form of a piny gin-like flavor. Decent sour+salt kick, herbal and earthy tones, wheat, straw, light fruitiness, baked bread finish.

Mouthfeel - Pretty good body for 5%, somewhat lackluster carbonation. Average drinkability.

Overall - A pretty good gose, the spruce is subtle but a nice touch.

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Freigeist Geisterzug Gose from Braustelle
85 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.